Every Moment Matters
"You matter until the last moment of your life… and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but live until you die."
-Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of Hospice
End-of-life is a mix of bittersweet, difficult, beautiful and precious moments. At Guardian Angels † Elim Hospice, we are committed to giving our hospice clients the most comfortable and honoring end-of-life journey possible. We strive to give families the gift of peace-of-mind and comfort, knowing that their loved one is receiving the best care from an interdisciplinary team of professionals, and allowing them to enjoy and create meaningful moments with their loved one without the burden of caregiving.
Hospice offers special care for individuals in their final stages of life or who wish to focus on comfort rather than a cure. We recognize the unique and difficult challenges of terminal illness, and our goal is to provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support to the individual and their family. Hospice services are provided in the client’s home, whether that is a private home with family or in a care center or assisted living facility.
Our interdisciplinary hospice team includes
Hospice medical director*
RN (registered nurse) Case Manager *
Social Worker *
Home Health Aide
* Hospice care is client-centered; all clients have these 4 members on their care team, and can elect other services based on their individual preferences
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is hospice? Why should I consider hospice?
A: The term ‘hospice’ can refer to a few things. First, it is a philosophy that focuses of providing palliative care to individuals at the end of life. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life until death, instead of curative treatments that may postpone death or diminish quality of life. In short, hospice is all about care instead of cure; it values quality over quantity of life..
Q: What is the goal of hospice?
A: The goal of hospice is to focus on symptom management and quality of life, so individuals and their family can enjoy and make the most of the remaining time they have together.
Q: What does hospice offer?
A: Our hospice team of interdisciplinary members offer excellent pain and symptom management, respite, as well as socio-emotional and spiritual support for individuals and their family.
In addition, Guardian Angels † Elim Hospice provides bereavement services for families who have lost a loved one. Over a 13 month period, the bereaved will receive resources and support from our bereavement coordinator and her team.
Q: How does a person qualify for hospice?
A: To qualify for hospice, a doctor must indicate that you have a terminal illness with 6 months or less to live. Hospice is not limited to individuals with cancer.
Anyone with a life-limiting illness such as heart disease, lung disease, end stage dementia and other chronic diseases can benefit from hospice care.
Q: What services are offered by hospice?
A: Hospice services are designed to provide socio-emotional and spiritual support to individuals and their family. In addition to your core team of caregivers consisting of Registered Nurses, an attending Physician and Social Worker, you may choose to receive home health aide, chaplaincy, volunteer, music and massage therapy services.
Q: What qualifications and training do hospice staff have?
A: Besides having a special heart and calling to serve clients and families during end-of-life, all hospice staff are licensed/certified and have received specialized training to administer end-of-life care. In addition, Guardian Angels Elim Hospice nurses and social workers have been trained in how to care for veterans at end of life (level II We Honor Veterans provider)
Q: Do I have to pay for hospice? What costs does hospice cover?
A: Hospice is a Medicare benefit. Anyone who has Medicare part A that meets eligibility can receive hospice services paid for by Medicare.
Aside from Medicare, Medical Assistance, and most private insurance programs also pay for hospice services. This typically means that cost of services, supplies, medications and equipment related to the individual’s terminal diagnosis are covered.
Hospice provides different levels of care depending on the stage of illness, and does not typically provide 24-hour care. If your loved one requires round-the-clock care, family members may need to pay out-of-pocket for to arrange for additional services.
Our social workers work closely with families and RN care managers to understand and anticipate each individual’s unique caregiving situation. They partner with families throughout the end-of-life journey, providing the needed resources to ensure individuals are safe and cared for as they transition through their end-of-life.
Q: Does a hospice organization need to be certified?
A: Yes. Hospice is licensed and certified by the Minnesota Department of Health. Guardian Angels†Elim Hospice became Medicare certified on November 17, 2005.